How It Started...
I have always had a passion for serving and helping others. Which is no surprise why I enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2007. It was in the Coast Guard where I found my passion for running. In the of spring of 2012, I had been placed on weight probation and needed to lose 40+ pounds quickly or risk disciplinary actions. At the time I was going through a very low point in my life. I was struggling with depression and severe anxiety. I was in debt over my head, smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day, chewing a can of snuff a day, partying hard every weekend, and couldn’t control my eating. Exercise was the last thing on my mind. However, being placed on weight probation made me realize I needed to do something to turn my life around. I had been searching for motivation and heard about a new half marathon that was coming to Buffalo NY called the 50 Yard Finish where runners would start outside the Ralph Wilson Stadium, run around Orchard Park NY and finish on the 50-yard line of Ralph Wilson Stadium. I was intrigued and signed up to run my first ever half marathon.
With the 50-Yard Finish only 3 months away, I printed out a 3 month “couch-to-half marathon” training plan and followed it religiously. It was brutal. However, when it came race day, not only did I lose the weight I needed, I also crushed my 2:30 goal by finishing in 1:55! That moment was when I became hooked! My passion for running continued to grow rapidly. I ditched the tobacco, got my eating under control, and got my finances in order. Now after several years and many ultra-marathons under my belt, running has given me the confidence to push myself to always achieve more than I think I can.
Apart from running, I am a big family man. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and two daughters who are my world. My wife is my biggest supporter and wouldn't be where I am at now without her.
I believe God has used running as way to help me overcome many of my past and currant struggles. And I believe God is calling me to use my story and my passion for trail and ultra running to inspire and build confidence in others so that they may be able to overcome their struggles and achieve their goals.
Some of my accomplishments since starting to run have been:
2012: 50-Yard Finish Half Marathon
2013: Milwaukee WI Rock&Sole Half Marathon
2018: Last Call Half Marathon
Trail and Ultra Runs:
2013: Chicago Tough Mudder
2014: Superior Spring 50k, Superior Fall 50 miler
2015: Superior Spring 50k, Superior Fall 50 miler
2016: Zumbro 50 Miler, Ice Age 50 Miler
2017: Kettle 100k
2018: Chippewa 50K, Kettle 100k, Minnesota Voyageur 50 Miler, Abor Ridge 16k, Superior 100 Miler
I hope that I can use this site to inspire and encourage people to get out and reach their fitness goals (no matter how big or small) through trail running. I will strive to provide insightful and inspirational articles as well as, top notch product reviews, training tips, and nutritional advice so that anyone and everyone can run trails, be fit, and stress less.
Thanks for reading.